Mediation is an excellent alternative to lengthy and expensive court proceedings when you are unable to settle disputes between yourselves. It is not an attempt to reconcile couples seeking a divorce but a means to talk to your partner in the presence of an independent professional mediator.
Julie-Ann Harris, Family Associate, says, “If you seek mediation, it is assumed that your relationship has broken down and that both parties in the relationship want to sort out disputes about children, property, finances etc., in a calm and stress free way. A mediator’s role is to act as an independent third party and to remain impartial at all times.”
One of the main advantages of mediation is the reduction of tension between couples. Divorce is stressful – emotions are high and often both parties are angry with each other; communication is difficult and resolving disputes seems impossible. What is said in a mediation meeting is totally confidential and cannot be used in court as evidence if mediation breaks down. An agreement that has been made between couples with the help of a mediator, is far more likely to be adhered to than one forced on them by the court.
Julie-Ann Harris who heads our Family Law team is widely experienced in all areas of divorce. She is an accredited specialist with Resolution (a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce) and is a qualified mediator.
For a free initial meeting please call 01202 499255 and Julie-Ann or a member of her team will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.